Bankura is a city and a municipality in Bankura District in the state of West Bengal, India. It is the headquarters of the Bankura District. Bankura is located at 23.25°N 87.07°E. It has an average elevation of 78 metres (255 feet).
In the 2011 census, Bankura municipality had a population of 138,036, out of which 70,734 were males and 67,302 were females. The 0–6 years population was 10,760. Effective literacy rate for the 7+ population was 87.27 per cent. As of 2001 India census, Bankura town had a population of 1,28,811. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Bankura has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 81% of the males and 67% of females being literate. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Transportation to Bankura
Bankura Railway Junction is managed by the South Eastern Railways and is situated on the Adra-Midnapore rail route. It is located in Bankura city.Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, Rupashi Bangla Express, Aranyak Express, Puri-New Delhi(Nandan Kanan) Superfast Express, Ernakulam-Patna Express, Howrah-LTT Samarsata Express and Purulia-Howrah Express pass through this station.It is the originating and terminating station of Bankura Damodar Railway which will connect to Howrah-Bardhaman Chord section. Computerized reservation facility is available. Going north-west, Adra Junction Railway Station is the nearest main station and moving south, Midnapore Railway Station is the major station next to Bankura. The Bankura Railway Station & bridge over Dhaleshwari River were built by Gujarati Railway Contractors of the town Jeewan Gangji Savaria and Lalji Raja Vadher in 1900 working for Bengal Nagpur Railway.
Bankura has a rich cultural contribution to the school of Bengal. From Terracotta to modern art and from classic north Indian musical genre Bishnupur Gharana to rock bangali band Jiggasa and its own engineering college rock bands Edge of The Spirit and 7th String.
Tourism in Bankura
One of the important tourist spot of Bankura district. It is 152 kilometer away from Kolkata and 34 kilometer away from Bankura Town. This place has an historical importance as it was the capital of Mallabhum. It is very famous for terracotta temples and Baluchari sarees. It is also popular for classical music dalmadal and painting. There are approximately 16 temples,most of which are made in the decade of Mallaraja. Important temples of Bishnupur are Jor Mandir, Rasmancha, Radhamadhab Temple, Kalachand Temple, Madan Mohan Temple, Radha-Gobinda Temple and Shyam Ray Temple.
Another tourist spot of Bankura is 98 kilometer away from Kolkata. It is a holy place as it was the Birthplace of Sree Sree Maa Sarada Devi. Temple of Singha Bahani Devi and Mayerepukur are also visiting sites.
Susunia Hill is another very important tourist spot of Bankura District. It is 50 kilometer away from Bisnupur and 21 kilometer away from Bankura town. It is famous for natural Spring and Silalipi.
Biharinath Hill, the tallest hill(448 Meter) of Bankura District. It is situated in the north-western edge of Bankura District. It is 57 kilometer away from Bankura Town. It was an ancient center of Jainism. This place is Famous for its natural Beauty. Biharinath offers hills, dense forest,water bodies, river Damodar, Renowned temple of Lord Shiva, Green unpolluted nature with salubrious atmosphere.Now Biharinath can boast for its advancement in tourism with a proper accommodation having A.C rooms and other modern amenities for today’s tourist.